Donald trump could be discharged from hospital on monday, after a weekend of obfuscation by the white house that played down the severity of the us presidents condition when he was admitted to the walter reed medical centre on friday.sean conley, the white house physician, told reporters on sunday morning that the medical team treating the president was pleased with mr trumps progress, as he acknowledged for the first time that mr trumps oxygen levels had dropped twice over three days and on one occasion he had required oxygen.dr conley also revealed that mr trump was being administered an anti-inflammatory steroid called dexamethasone to help him breathe. following contradictions between dr conleys saturday remarks, in which he presented a rosy picture of his health, and an off-the-record statement later attributed to chief of staff mark meadows, the white house physician said sunday that he had not given an accurate picture of the situation earlier in the weekend.

I was trying to reflect the upbeat attitude that the team, the president...has had, dr conley said. i didnt want to give any information that might steer the course of illness in another direction. and in doing so...[it] came off like we were trying to hide something which wasnt necessarily true.

Kadhim shubber reports on the history of secrecy when it comes to presidential illnesses. meanwhile, at least 10 people connected to the white house have tested positive for the virus. heres what would happen if mr trump couldnt run for re-election.

The virus forces mr trump offstage in campaigns crucial final stretch. democratic challenger joe biden is nearly 8 points ahead in national polling, according to our poll tracker. (ft, nyt, cnn, politico)

Ex-chinese official ran tiktoks content policy cai zheng, who worked in chinas embassy in tehran for four years according to a now deleted linkedin profile, ran bytedances global content policy team in beijing until early this year, when the company accelerated a move to let its biggest markets make their own decisions about what videos should be removed. (ft)

Armenian forces bomb azerbaijans second city heavy fighting over the disputed caucasus mountain region of nagorno-karabakh intensified over the weekend as ethnic armenian forces bombarded azerbaijans second city in retaliation for attacks on the capital of the breakaway territory. (ft)

Thai activist vows to escalate protests against monarchydemocracy protesters will ratchet up their demonstrations this month until the government accept our demands, a leader of the movement has warned.(ft)

Blackrock criticised over drop in climate votes the worlds largest asset manager backed fewer environmentalvotes at annual meetings this year than last, despite chief executive larry finks warning in january that climate change represented a risk to markets unlike any previous crisis. (ft)

Pope: market capitalism needs reform in laying out his vision for a post-covid word, pope francis on sunday said magic theories of market capitalism have failedduring the pandemic. he also called for a new type of politics that emphasises dialogue and solidarity and rejects war. (ap)

Us election made in chinachinese manufacturers are profiting frommaking hats to wristbandsthat are offloaded at donald trumps rallies, online or to us retailers an ironic part of chinas post-pandemic export renaissance. (ft)

Second-biggest cinema operator considers closing cineworld, owner of regal cinemas, is considering temporarily closing in the united states and united kingdom after it began opening some locations in july. the company employs 37,482 people across the us and europe. (reuters)

Essex lorry trial defendants on trial in connection to the manslaughter of 39 vietnamese migrants found dead in a truck are set to appear in london for a trial on monday. (ft) pmi readings monday brings a chance to test sentiment across many of the worlds big economies with the release of purchasing managers indices including the jpmorgan global pmi, and data from the eurozone, germany, france, italy and spain. (ft)

New us supreme court term begins the supreme court starts a new term on monday but the quick confirmation of mr trumps nominee, judge amy coney barrett, hangs in the balance as the virus spreads among republican senators. before election day, justices will hear a case over a copyright battle between google and oracle, among others. (ft, wsj)

Culture call, the fts life & arts podcast,returns for a third seasonon friday, october 9, with a new array of conversations with creators and thinkers based around the question: whats possible now?

Chinas geopolitics are pumped up by its economic success beijings increased assertiveness abroad is only to be expected, and more is coming, writes graham allison, harvard university professor. as the countrys economy soared in recent years, beijings sense that the nation deserved a louder voice in the world rose proportionately. (ft)

Central bankers have been relegatedwho are the worlds most important economic policymakers? in the 2008-09 financial crisis, the answer was clear: central bankers. but today, they have been relegated to a second division behind health officials and finance ministers,chris giles writes. (ft)

Amnestys departure from india is a grim sign no government likes whatamnesty internationalhas to say about its human rights record, but until now, the organisation had persisted, writes salil tripathi.what has caused amnesty to leave india is on a different scale, revealing prime minister narendra modis effort to centralise and control most voluntary activities in india. (ft)

Ants huge lending business powers $30bn ipolu lindi became an avid online shopper during chinas coronavirus lockdown earlier this year, using the alipay app on his smartphone.but the 54-year-old did not realise for weeks that instead of debiting his account, alipay wasfunding his shopping spreeby issuing him credit. (ft)

Eus new migrant pact is as squalid as its refugee camps governments need to share responsibility for asylum seekers, beyond merely ejecting the unwanted, writes tony barber. meanwhile, uighur people who have fled chinas repression are forced to save their culture from genocide from afar. (ft, atlantic)

The hard business lessons covid is about to teach the hair salon, the gym and work-related travel may never be the same again, writes pilita clark. once you learn that you can do something cheaper, faster and better at home, why ever go back to paying someone else more to do it for you? covid-19 recovery will stem from digital business, says rana foroohar. (ft)

Etoros popular investors jay smith, 32, a day trader in south england is one of 15m traders on the digital platform etoro. what makes him stand out is that with his status as a popular investor, his trades drive the investment decisions of more than 21,000 people with $40m in assets. (bloomberg)

Our most miserable ageeconomist david blanchflower has for years investigated subjective wellbeing anxiety, pain and satisfaction and in doing so identified ourage of peak misery as 47.2. it awaits tim harford at the end of next month. (ft)

Why investors fear the us electionthe ft's us finance editor robert armstrong looks at expectations formarket volatilityaround the 2020 election amid anxieties over a contested result.